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Happy New Year from Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney!

We would like to start 2024 by sharing a few legal updates and inviting you to see us at upcoming conferences.

Are Your Employer Notices Up to Date?

The 2023 legislative session imposed numerous requirements for employers to post both new and updated notices to their employees by the start of 2024. These required postings include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • All employers are to provide notice to each of their employees as to their rights to accrue and use paid leave as provided by the Earned Sick and Safe Time law by January 1, 2024 or at the start of employment after that date.
  • The minimum wage rate poster required to be posted by employers should be updated to include the new minimum wage rates effective January 1, 2024.
  • Every 120 calendar days beginning on January 1, 2024, a public employer must provide to an exclusive representative, in an Excel file or similar format agreed to by the exclusive representative, specified information for each bargaining unit employee that is on file with the public employer.
  • Effective January 1, 2024, every employer in the state with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees shall display a poster created by the Department of Labor pertaining to veterans benefits and services.
  • By September 1, 2023, employees were required to begin posting and keep posted, a notice of employee rights regarding employer-sponsored meetings or communications where employee notices are customarily placed.
  • The Nursing Mothers, Lactating Employees and Pregnancy Accommodations law was amended to provide new rights to these employees, including the obligation of employers to provide written notice to employees about parental leave rights.

All of these notice requirements can be met by posting the information at employee work sites in a conspicuous location. Templates for these notices can be found on the Minnesota Department of Labor’s website at: https://www.dli.mn.gov/posters. Our attorneys are equipped to provide your school with more information as to these notices and the rights that must be afforded to employees under these new laws.

Looking for More Legal Updates? RRM Attorneys Can Answer Your Questions at Upcoming Professional Leadership Conferences!

Please join Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney at the 2024 Minnesota School Boards Association Leadership Conference. On January 11, 2024, Jennifer Earley will join John Ward, MSBA Associate Director of Leadership Development and Executive Search, to provide insight on superintendent contracts in their presentation “Critical Choices in the Superintendent’s Contract: What Should Be In and What Should Be Out.” Also, Timothy Sullivan will be speaking on the topic of free speech in: “Capture the Flag: The Growing Battle Over Controversial Speech in Public Schools” while Jordan Soderlind will address the emerging issues of artificial intelligence in: “AI: Rise of the Machines.” Friday brings another round of speeches from our attorneys as Timothy Sullivan will return for the second day of the conference, answering questions on recent legal developments in “Accommodating Transgender Students: Legal Update and Best Practices,” and Margaret Skelton will provide practical advice on the employment of coaches in her speech “Balancing the Playing Field: Navigating Parent Complaints and Non-Renewal of Coaches in High School Athletics.” The brochure for the 2024 MSBA Leadership Conference, detailing the times and specifics of these presentations, is available here: https://mnmsba.org/workshops-events/msba-leadership-conference/. Don’t forget to visit our attorneys during both days of the conference at Booth 100 at the Minneapolis Convention Center Hall A.

Our attorneys are hosting even more legal seminars in January and February. On January 18, 2024, Laura Tubbs Booth, Christian Shafer and Adam Frudden will host the 2024 Virtual Special Education Law and Leadership Conference. They will be reviewing the most recent and important special education and Section 504 cases and laws addressing topics such as disciplinary procedures, shortened school days, and the implications of Title IX on special education, providing practical legal advice along the way. More information and registration for this conference can be found at: https://ratwiklaw.com/2024-virtual-special-education-law-leadership-conference/.

At the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials’ (MASBO) 2024 Winter Conference, held on February 1, 2024, Timothy Sullivan and Kaylynn Johnson will be presenting on pressing issues surrounding Minnesota’s new Earned Sick and Safe Time Act (ESST) in “Sick About Sick Leave: Implementing Minnesota’s New Earned Sick and Safe Time Act. This presentation will address common questions surrounding the implementation, negotiation and enforcement of the ESST since its enactment. For information about this conference and to register, visit the MASBO website at: https://learningcenter.mnasbo.org/item/2024-masbo-winter-conference-599915#tabDescription.

RRM will also sponsor its quarterly Section 504 meeting on February 15, 2024, where Adam Frudden will host “The Intersection Between Section 504 & IDEA.” To register, visit our website at: https://ratwiklaw.com/504-quarterly-meetings.

We look forward to seeing you in January and February! As always, if you have questions about recent developments in the law and how they affect your school, our attorneys stand ready to assist.